CHINHAE, Republic of Korea
– Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) held a change of command ceremony in the base gym June 14.
Cmdr. Don Murray relieved Cmdr. Andy
Weedon as commanding officer.
CFAC is the only U.S. Navy base in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and
is located on the southern coast of the Korean peninsula.
Approximately 120 Sailors and their families are stationed at CFAC.
"For the Sailors and civilian employees of Chinhae, I look forward
to our important and dedicated service together," said Murray. "I
want you to know that because of the great work that you do, day in
and day out, Fleet Activities Chinhae has a top-notch reputation
around the world."
Weedon also complemented the people he worked with for the past
three years and thanked them for all of their hard work and creating
an environment that makes many American Sailors want to come back to
"When you go back to the United States, you can tell the story of
two nations with a strong alliance forged in blood, countries that
have never fought against each other and instead have supported each
other in conflicts spanning the globe," said Weedon.
Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, was
the guest speaker and recognized the unprecedented bond between CFAC
and the city of Jinhae.
"The number of ROK military and civilian officials from the city of
Jinhae is a testimony of the strength and enduring relationship that
Andy has fostered during his command," said Gumataotao. "The
alliance between the ROK Navy and the U.S. Navy is stronger than it
has ever been in the past and it's a credit to the hard work and
extraordinary leadership by people like Andy."
Weedon, whose next duty assignment will be at the Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C., wished Murray a
wonderful tour in Korea experiencing the local community and the
"In just a few years you will be up here in my spot and someone new
will be chomping at the bit to take over," said Weedon. "I hope the
next two years are so wonderful for you and your family that you
understand why this is so hard for me today."
Murray, a native of Freedom, Okla., was assigned to Maritime Sealift
Command, Joint Military Exchange Program, Military Surface
Deployment and Distribution Command prior to become the commanding
officer of CFAC.
CFAC is in the city of Jinhae. The "J" replaced "Ch" in Jinhae city
when Korea standardized the English spelling across the nation. The
name of the U.S. Navy base continued to be "Chinhae" because it is a
CFAC's mission is to maintain and operate facilities and provide
support to Sailors, Marines, families and U.S. Navy ships during
peacetime, exercises and contingency operations.